Troops overrun NPA camp-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Sunday, May 18, 2014
GOVERNMENT forces attacked and overran a New People’s Army (NPA) camp in the hinterlands of Misamis Occidental, a military official said Sunday.
Army’s 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Officer-in-Charge Captain Franco Suelto said the camp was overran following a 45-minute firefight that broke out around 9 a.m. Saturday in the boundary of San Lorenzo village, Sinacaban and Carmen village, Jimenez, Misamis Occidental.
Suelto said the troops from the Charlie Company of the Army’s 55th Infantry Battalion led by First Lieutenant Ernesto Vitor launched the attack following intelligence report that NPA rebels are encamped in the area.
Suelto said the NPA rebels, numbering to around 30 fighters, fled to different directions, as they were outmaneuvered by the troops, leaving one dead follower and personal belongings.
He said the slain NPA rebel was identified as Lando Etol, also known as Ka Brabra and Ka Brando, of the Baking Squad of the NPA’s Front Committee Sendong.
He said the troops have recovered from the fallen NPA camp the following: one M-16 Armalite rifle with ammunitions; one short ammunition magazine; one camouflage pack; 100 kilos of rice; 42 meters of wire to be used for Improvised Explosive Devise; personal belongings; and, subversive documents of high intelligence value.
Army’s 55th Infantry Battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Gerry Besana said his troops are tracking down the fleeing NPA rebels.
Meanwhile, Army’s First Infantry Division commander Major General Felicito Virgilio Trinidad Jr. extolled the troops of the 55th Infantry Battalion who again instantly won the favor to the government.
“This is another success of the Filipino people; in the spirit of Bayanihan, we can always win the peace while continuing this fight against extortion activities and harassments by the NPAs,” he said.